The 50-share index closed at 5,542.25, down 143 points, or 2.52 per cent. It touched a high of 5,664.90 and a low of 5,521.80 in trade today.
The S&P BSE Sensex finally closed at 18,733.04, down 449.22 points, or 2.34 per cent. It touched a high of 19,131.92 and a low of 18,667.30 today.
According to analysts, the rupee is likely to head towards 64 in the near term and a further weakness in the currency is likely to cause more pain in markets.
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